The Search for Reconnection and Helicity During Formation of a Bounded Spheromak

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Recent results from investigations using insertable magnetic probes at the Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment (SSPX) [E. B. Hooper et al., Nucl. Fusion 39, 863 (1999)] are presented. Experiments were carried out during pre-programmed, constant amplitude coaxial gun current pulses, where magnetic field increases stepwise with every pulse, but eventually saturates. Magnetic traces from the probe, which is electrically isolated from the plasma and spans the flux conserver radius, indicate there is a time lag at every pulse between the response to the current rise in the open flux surfaces (intercepting the electrodes) and the closed flux surfaces (linked around the ... continued below

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Romero-Talamas, C A; McLean, H S; Hooper, E B; Wood, R D; LoDestro, L L & Moller, J M April 30, 2007.

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Recent results from investigations using insertable magnetic probes at the Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment (SSPX) [E. B. Hooper et al., Nucl. Fusion 39, 863 (1999)] are presented. Experiments were carried out during pre-programmed, constant amplitude coaxial gun current pulses, where magnetic field increases stepwise with every pulse, but eventually saturates. Magnetic traces from the probe, which is electrically isolated from the plasma and spans the flux conserver radius, indicate there is a time lag at every pulse between the response to the current rise in the open flux surfaces (intercepting the electrodes) and the closed flux surfaces (linked around the open ones). This is interpreted as the time to buildup enough helicity in the open flux surfaces before reconnecting and merging with the closed ones. Future experimental and diagnostic plans to directly estimate the helicity in the open flux surfaces and measure reconnection are briefly discussed.

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  • Journal Name: Journal of Fusion Energy, vol. 27, no. 1/2, June 1, 2008, pp. 104-107; Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 1/2

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Romero-Talamas, C A; McLean, H S; Hooper, E B; Wood, R D; LoDestro, L L & Moller, J M. The Search for Reconnection and Helicity During Formation of a Bounded Spheromak, article, April 30, 2007; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc896479/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.